About Eli Mirlis
Eli Mirlis is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and CEO of RegalCare Management Group. Regal Care was founded in 2016 and provides a full continuum of care, including temporary respite stays, short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, as well as a wide range of specialty programs and services.
Having a proven ability to execute a daily plan and deliver excellence in customer service, this healthcare executive is a successful strategic driver of business results. In his role, he ensures that staff are highly engaged and committed to providing the best care possible to patients, residents and their families.
Eli Mirlis’ Beginnings in the Skilled Nursing Profession
Soon after he graduated from college, Eli Mirlis was looking for a job that offered financial security, so he decided to become a nursing home administrator. He started out as an AIP, assistant administrator, and eventually became an owner-operator. In 2009, Eli Mirlis began working in the field.
Working in the Industry
Every time Eli Mirlis has thought he had seen the worst or hardest or most shocking thing that could happen in the skilled nursing arena, something else happened. Mr. Mirlis went through hurricanes Irene and Sandy. He evacuated a facility in New Jersey. He remembers thinking, “Wow, that’s going to be the toughest thing we’ve ever done, evacuating 120 patients.” Suddenly, COVID-19 struck. Just when they thought they had seen the worst, they got hit with something even worse. It was definitely an experience. The process is still ongoing, and everybody is learning and changing constantly.
Eli Mirlis’ homes are mostly in Connecticut, so they shut down visits before the state imposed a lockdown, before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) imposed a lockdown. In that regard, Eli believes that he helped save lives by preventing the incident from happening.
Eli Mirlis Future Leader
In 2020, Eli Mirlis was named a 2020 Future Leader by Skilled Nursing News. The program honors up-and-coming industry members shaping the future of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health, and hospice.
An individual must be nominated by their peers to become a Future Leader. The ideal candidate will be a high-performing employee under the age of 40, a passionate worker who knows how to put vision into action, and an advocate for seniors and their caregivers.
The Future of Skilled Nursing
Eli Mirlis hopes that the state surveyors and CMS will better appreciate what the SNFs do – from certified nursing assistants to dietary housekeeping – to appreciate how difficult the job is and how much they actually care and do their best to keep everyone safe and healthy and get them better and back home – obviously for many patients a SNF is their long-term home.